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GLENN: You've got $4 a gallon gasoline now in Chicago, you have yesterday's announcement of the biggest federal deficit in the history of our country and this is what it -- I love this.  The candidates, the liberals are going to say, oh, we told you these Bush tax cuts are going to go away, biggest federal deficit, it's the war, we can't afford this war.  Somehow or another we can afford healthcare.  "We can't afford it."

So what they're going to do is they're going to spend a lot of their time now talking about how expensive this war is and how expensive the tax cuts are, when they miss the underlying problem.  If you have $4 a gallon gasoline, are you going out and spending a lot of money?  If you have $4 a gallon gasoline, you know, do you change your lifestyle?  Do you think to yourself, "You know what, I'm going to have to cut back."

Dan, how much does gas have to be before you say, okay, I mean, I think we better start saving our money and cutting back or I can't drive as far or, you know, I'm not going to go out to dinner?  How much does gas have to be?

DAN:  I don't know the exact number but it's got to be pretty far away from what it is now actually just because, I don't know.  You know, when it goes up $1, that's only -- what's that going to cost you over a month?  Fill up three, four times a month.  $50, $60?  You know what I mean?

GLENN:  My gosh, the wealthiest 1% once again on the radio.

DAN:  I don't know.  Maybe I would say if it starts getting close to 5 bucks, I would probably be really thinking about maybe getting a Prius.

STU:  Yeah, but who are these people that are just driving around aimlessly for hours?  I don't do that.  I go where I need to go.  I'm going to -- I'm pretty much --

GLENN:  I mean, I think you guys are so freaking out of touch, I think you guys are out of your mind.  You are telling me, you are telling me that $4 a gallon gasoline's not going to affect the average person?

STU:  Okay, I guess my wife could just get a job closer to home?  She's going to drive the amount of distance that's from our home to work.

GLENN:  No, no, no, I'm not saying that you are going to cut down -- no, no.  I'm saying you are going to cut down in other spending.

STU:  Yeah, as soon as it starts to affect your budget, of course you are going to have to cut other things out.

GLENN:  And I think $4 a gallon gasoline starts to affect your budget.  Look at it this way.  How does it affect the food prices?  We've got -- I love this.  They are now claiming that we have food shortages.  Gee, I wonder why.  It's kind of like -- and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be like, oh, food shortages, that's horrible, wonder what caused that.  Hmmm, I don't know.  What do you say?  Ethanol?  Gee, we got people who are working fewer hours and they're making the same amount of money but we raised the minimum wage.  I wonder what caused that.  Oh, I don't know.  You guys?  These guys keep trying to come in and save the day when they are the ones that destroyed it in the first place.  Here's what happens if gas goes up to $4 a gallon.  If gas goes up to $4 a gallon, it affects your food price.  I mean, truckers right now are protesting in Washington about the gas prices.  You know, when somebody was, you know, filling up their truck and now it's taking them twice the amount to be able to fill up their truck, that's a problem.  And they've got to pass it on some place.  I say -- I mean, why doesn't the government bail out the truckers?  I mean, here are a bunch of people that got these loans for these trucks.  Now they can't afford them.  Another victim the government is ignoring, the trucker.  Gas prices, through no fault of their own, going through the roof.  For truckers gas prices will determine whether or not they stay in business.  I mean, they can handle a slight increase but this is getting out of control.  Like the homeowners that are getting discounts on the home loans.  Why not give truckers gas at the price they can afford?  Big oil companies, they don't need the money.  I mean, remember they made $40 gazillion or something like that.  I'm not sure.  But it was in the gazillions.  It's only fair that the poor struggling truckers who are out on the road from their families so long get a break.  I mean, where do you stop it?  Where do you stop it?  Because everybody's going to be hurting.

Here's the big one that's going to be hurting.  If you ever think of this poor victim, maybe we should bail out the government.  Here's one that you just don't ever think about.  New York State, the top 20 taxpayers in New York State last year by this time had paid $577 million in taxes, $577 million in taxes.  The same top 20 taxpayers this year at this time -- last year at this time they paid $577 already to the state.  This year at this time they've only paid $87 million.  This is what the federal government and all of these stupid attorneys that are running our country don't understand.  You can't just keep taxing the rich because the rich, when the thing goes down, they don't have it, either.  They are not making the money, either.  They are struggling.  The businesses struggle.  And if you look at the $577 million, those top 20 taxpayers, those are mainly banks, financial institutions, businesses.  It's not the average Joe.  So they've got $577 million that they are paying in taxes.  They will pay it.  They got it.  They don't have it now.  $87 million.  That should tell you a direction of the economy.

Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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WATCH: Dem goes to Trump rally and realizes Dems are screwed in 2020

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.


After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.


Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."


There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.


Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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